by Carol Shaw
Christmas tree, Oh Christmas tree…
Every year, my husband would take us and our 4 little kids tramping through the cold Chicago winter of ice and snow in search of the perfect Christmas tree.
"Bundle up, kids…we’re going with Daddy to get our tree."
A few years of this and the kids were asking, “Mom, do we have
He just had an eye for what he wanted and that was that. Must be the master gardener in him. Our trees looked so perfect that when guests came over during the holidays they would say, “Oh, what a pretty tree! Is it real or artificial?”
Even after we moved to Arizona it was the same thing, only we didn’t have to tramp through the snow to find one. One year, he was very busy, working long hours at the family business and really didn’t have much time to shop for a tree. After about the second lot we visited, they had a tree all set up as a demo. It was flocked with artificial snow, covered with lights, ornaments and all.
"How much for that one?" says he.
With a much-surprised look on the salesman’s face, they decided on a price and off we went with it. Brought it home, set it up, and that was that!
Then we bought our cabin up in Pine, Arizona, which backs up to the Tonto National Forest. The family all gathers there for Christmas each year, all of our kids, their spouses and our grandkids. The first two years we bought live trees, thinking we would help Mother Nature with a few more trees…however, that didn’t work out because we were not there to attend to them.
|image borrowed from this post at Mother Earth News blog.|
Not wanting to buy a fresh cut tree - because we wanted to go up early to decorate, and then un-decorate after the holidays - he finally relented and we bought our first artificial Christmas tree. Of course, this was no easy task, either. You know how many different artificial trees there are out there.
Well, ours was a beauty. The cabin having high ceilings, we chose a really tall tree. It was so big, in fact, that our granddaughter wrote an essay for school about the humungous Christmas tree her Papa put up at the cabin. As the family got bigger and the room got smaller, he took to pruning the tree. Yes, I said pruning.
Got out the old wire snips and did it. He is probably the only person you will ever know that pruned an artificial tree!!
Last year he decided it was time to purchase a new one, and got a very tall, slim tree. Really turned out lovely, only it got a thumbs-down from the grandkids! They wanted another humungous one!
So guess what? Once again…Christmas tree, Oh, Christmas tree…
Thanks, Carol, for this wonderful Christmas memory!